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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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239 Squadron Crest
21.07.1942 No. 239 Squadron Mustang I AG565 HB-A Fl/Lt. Rowland Veal

Operation: Popular mission - Brionne-Serquigny-Beaumont area

Date: 21st July 1942 (Tuesday)

Unit: No. 239 Squadron

Type: Mustang Mk.I

Serial: AG565

Code: HB-A

Base: RAF Gatwick

Location: Norville, Caudebec-en-Caux between Rouen and Le Havre, France

Pilot: Fl/Lt Rowland Veal 33553 RAF PoW No: 64 Camp: Stalag Luft Sagan and Belaria


Taking off from RAF Gatwick at 13:05 hrs on a Popular Operation with F/O. Lloyd as his wingman in AG524 HB-B. During the homeward part of the operation they were bounced by 6 Fw190’s, hit by German Fighter Hptm. Helmut-Felix Bolz, Kommandeur of II./JG/2 (see Luftwaffe Victories database and Kracker Archive, both on this site.)

Fl/Lt. Veal was forced to crash land his Mustang. F/O. Lloyd managed to return stating the last he saw of Fl/Lt. Veal was over Caudebec area.

Burial details:

None - survived as a PoW. Rowland Veal promoted from P/O. to F/O. on 23rd December 1940.

UPDATE - MARCH 2016, received contact from a relative, further information follows.

Researcher: Michel Beckers for Aircrew Remembered - January 2016. Photographs from the Michel Beckers collection.

KTY/MB 03.01.2016

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